Page 3 – The Permanent Revolution – Hirsch / Catchim
The final section of the book explores apostolic organization and how it is centered around a movement rather than an institution. The organizing center of this movement is mission. This is an important reminder and it is demonstrated by the experience of the earliest church. Emphasizing that we are designed to make an impact on the world, creates the context to ask the right questions about how we are pursuing ministry.
Bringing the book to a close, the authors remind us that design matters. The architecture of missional ministry is designed to reproduce itself. When we recognize our struggle to engage in effective mission we need to reflect on how closely we are operating according to God’s design. This is one of the strongest themes throughout the book.
The Permanent Revolution is a thought-provoking read that both church leaders and members committed to mission will find challenging. Those who cannot get past the lack of a theological framework laid for the continuance of the apostolic role may dismiss it before they engage the heart of the message. It is worth reading and considering the practical insights that it raises, regardless of whether or not one agrees with the authors’ definition of apostolic ministry. Being technical in nature, the book is best read slowly with time to reflect and to engage with its many visual illustrations.
In their conclusion, Hirsch and Catchim summarize their message well, “We are designed for continuous movement, and apostles are the permanent revolutionaries given to the church to catalyze the permanent revolution.” (249)